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How can exercise help in treating cervical cancer?

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Your treatment program may make you feel extra tired, and exercise probably seems impossible. But even doing a small amount can have tons of benefits.

It can help you stay strong, improve your appetite and energy, and help you feel less stressed or depressed. Talk with your doctor to about what exercise makes sense for you, and pay attention to how you feel when moving your body.

When your doctor approves it, and you’re up for it, even adding 30 minutes of walking to your day can make a big difference in how you feel.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is cervical cancer treated?,” “Lifestyle changes after having cervical cancer,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Benefits of good nutrition during cancer treatment,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Once treatment starts,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment - Appetite changes.”

Comprehensive Cancer Center -- University of Michigan Health System: “Looking Your Best.”

Look Good Feel Better: “Program Description.”

Foundation for Women’s Cancer: “Other Resources.”

Cancer and Careers: “Wigs for Cancer Patients,” “Skin Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “How does cancer treatment cause sexual side effects?”

Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center: “The Treatment Mind Game: How to Feel Better During Chemotherapy.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Living Beyond Cervical Cancer.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “How is cervical cancer treated?,” “Lifestyle changes after having cervical cancer,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Benefits of good nutrition during cancer treatment,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment -- Once treatment starts,” “Nutrition for the Person With Cancer During Treatment - Appetite changes.”

Comprehensive Cancer Center -- University of Michigan Health System: “Looking Your Best.”

Look Good Feel Better: “Program Description.”

Foundation for Women’s Cancer: “Other Resources.”

Cancer and Careers: “Wigs for Cancer Patients,” “Skin Care.”

Mayo Clinic: “How does cancer treatment cause sexual side effects?”

Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center: “The Treatment Mind Game: How to Feel Better During Chemotherapy.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Living Beyond Cervical Cancer.”

Reviewed by Lisa Bernstein on October 20, 2018

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